Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Of Determination, Time Travel, & the Hero Complex

Tempest (Tempest #1)Tempest by Julie Cross

The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

Finally there's a book with a guys perspective! It seems like if it's a series the book is always from the girl's view and almost never from the guy's. That's what initially drew me to this book; the fact that it was from a guy's perspective, though that didn't keep me interested in the book. I don't know what it was about the book, but I just couldn't keep reading it. It was like instead of a magical force pulling me in the force was pushing me away. I have this theory, that the reason so many authors do girl perspectives is because it's easier to relate to. Once the plot or storyline is set from the girl's perspective it's easier to build a view on what the guy is thinking. An example would be Julie Kagawa and the Iron Fey Series. 

I felt lost, not just because it was a guy's view, that wasn't really that much of a problem;; it was mostly because the story seemed to start from a random point. I felt like if Julie would have built more depth in the beginning that I wouldn't have been so lost by the time I reached chapter 3. I hope this is making sense, because it's difficult to explain how my mind works when I read LOL. Though I'm not saying that the book was horrible, it was really good actually, it was just hard to keep reading it. In this case CURIOSITY SAVED THE BOOK LOL. I kept wondering what was going on and what is going to happen next which fueled the fire. Plus, Julie writes really good, there was barely any grammatical errors or mishaps. That's a BIG deal for me sometimes. Her grammar and other English language writing stuff really made this book and transformed it from ehh okay to hmm nicely done. 

Overall, this book rated:
- Gilbert

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